Accountability and Democratic Administration

  • Ali Farazmand
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The quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions; being accountable for and responsible for one’s past or current actions and inactions; answerable to authorities, people, and stakeholders for one’s past and current behaviors and inactions; administration involving citizen participation and upholding democratic values of representation, responsiveness, and responsibility.

Section: Ethics and Accountability

Introduction: The Accountability Problem

The market-based ideological reforms in public service and administration in the last 30 years or so have caused profound transformations in public service and administration around the world. While they may have worked in some places, other parts or countries of the world have experienced severe negative impacts....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Farazmand
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  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA